Uncharted 3 Gets PSN Pass – We Called It
The online trend continues at our expense
Regular readers of our blog might remember that back in July, when Sony revealed that Resistance 3 multiplayer would be subject to an online pass, we wrote a blog snappily titled Resistance 3 Screwed By PSN Pass, Uncharted 3 Next?
And it turns out that hey! We were right. Resistance 3′s multiplayer hasn’t set the gaming world on fire, which it really needed to do if it had any chance of weather the upcoming FPS storm when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 explode onto the shelves.
The sad thing is that Resistance 3 turned out to be much, much better than we expected. It scored 88% in Play 210, on sale now, and there have been very few complaints over its single player content or its multiplayer content, despite some people moaning about the shotguns.
Yet with the online pass, we’ve already had some people begging we play online with them because no-one on their friends list is getting stuck in. It’s anecdotal evidence, which is hardly definitive, but shouldn’t games like Resistance 3 be fighting for every advantage it has rather than sealing key features away behind paywalls?
Which brings us to Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. There’s no denying that it will be a stunning game in single player, as the various press tours and live demos by Naughty Dog have shown a technical competence few developers can match, but multiplayer is still something of an unknown entity. Even with the beta, no-one really knows how Uncharted 3 will fit in on the crowded multiplayer landscape.
Now that Uncharted 3 will also hide behind a paywall, its chances of multiplayer survival take a hit. The arguments against the online pass are the same as with the Resistance 3 blog but with the added caveat of there being far, far more competition around.
It’s not only up against Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Batman: Arkham City and Dark Souls in the single player stakes but also up against Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 when competing for multiplayer time. The chances of Uncharted 3 being a second-hand purchase will inevitably rise in the sea of forthcoming games.
We stand by our original argument. PSN pass is NOT good for games and the further we come towards this being accepted as the norm, the closer we come towards there being no players online for any multiplayer games outside of the ‘big’ names because no-one will want to pay to give the lesser titles a try online.